Dalziel hoping to rebound at 'The Glen' Orlando, Florida (August 07, 2006) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel heads to Watkins Glen International Circuit this Friday, 11th August, for Round 12 of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series,...
Dalziel hoping to rebound at 'The Glen'
Orlando, Florida (August 07, 2006) -- Scotland's Ryan Dalziel heads to Watkins Glen International Circuit this Friday, 11th August, for Round 12 of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, the 'Crown Royal 200', hoping to put a pair of luckless performances in Pacific Coast Motorsports' #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley firmly in the past.
Dalziel's recent outings behind the wheel of the Californian team's Daytona Prototype have produced 16th and 20th place finishes, at Daytona International Speedway and Barber Motorsports Park respectively, the 24-year-old taking over the #89 Pontiac Riley from team-mate Alex Figge on both occasions with the car languishing several laps down on the leaders.
With an early off at Daytona in June costing three laps followed by opening lap contact at Barber Motorsports Park in last month's 250-mile race resulting in eight laps lost to the leaders, Dalziel's goal in both races was simply to get to the finish when he assumed the wheel. To compound matters, in both races the car was amongst the front-runners in terms of overall pace but due to the respective periods behind the wall for repairs, neither Dalziel or his American team-mate Figge could gain ground on the leaders.
On the positive side heading into Friday's 'Crown Royal 200', the last time Dalziel and Figge raced at Watkins Glen, back in June, they scored a tenth place finish in Round 8's 'Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen'. It marked the team's second straight top-ten finish following their debut podium in the Rolex Sports Car Series with second at the previous round in Phoenix. They went on to score once again with a sixth place effort at Mid-Ohio before their current two-race slump dropped the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley to 13th in the Team Standings with three races to go.
June's visit to Watkins Glen saw the team lead briefly and Dalziel heads into Friday's event armed with plenty of track knowledge, the 'Crown Royal 200' marking his fourth visit to the New York circuit in two seasons of sports car competition.
Previewing the 200-mile race Dalziel commented:
"I'm definitely looking forward to going back to Watkins as we were strong there earlier in the season. Hopefully we're going back with a package that we know works there and all being well we'll be able to turn things around from the past two races and end the season with three strong results starting this weekend in New York."